February 2020
Welcome to the 2020 Season of Parties for the Parkway
When the first Party catalog was mailed out in 1993, it's doubtful anyone anticipated that we would still be offering Parties for the Parkway 28 years later. But here we are in 2020, with a fantastic slate of events that will tempt your taste buds, and provide new opportunities to learn, make new friends, and experience the wonderful San Joaquin River.

It all starts this week!

Tickets to the 2020 Parties for the Parkway Kickoff are on sale now. Sign up right away to get your priority number so you can be among the first to make reservations for the fabulous selection of 2020 Parties for the Parkway at the Kickoff Party on March 12, 5:30 pm, at Clovis Veterans Memorial District Building. Click here to purchase your Kickoff Party tickets online, or call us at 559-248-8480.

Your first opportunity to see the 2020 Parties for the Parkway Art Exhibit is this Thursday, February 6, from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm, at the K-Jewel Art Gallery, 1415 Fulton St in Downtown Fresno. Join us on this regular ArtHop evening for a reception honoring the talented and generous contributing artists. Enjoy the exhibit, make your starting bids, and mingle with friends of the River Parkway Trust.

If you have any questions about the 2020 season of Parties for the Parkway please contact Development Associate Bryna De Fede at or call 559-248-8480 ext. 216.
Sycamore Island is Now Open for Public Recreation Access
The River Parkway Trust opened Sycamore Island for the 2020 season on Saturday, February 1, at 6:00 am. With the beautiful spring like weather, this was one of the most successful opening weekends yet! We'd like to thank everyone who came out to enjoy a day of fishing, hiking, wildlife watching, or cycling.

Sycamore Island will be open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and State holidays through November 11. The current property hours are 6:00 am to 5:30 pm, with hours changing seasonally.

The River Parkway Trust operates Sycamore Island through a concessionaire agreement with the San Joaquin River Conservancy, a state agency created to develop and manage the San Joaquin River Parkway.

Click here to read our recent press release about Sycamore Island operations.
Bill is a well known angler at Sycamore Island. Now part of our regular Sycamore Island Staff, Bill is ready to help you catch a big one with a variety of fishing tips. Stop by the Bait Shop on site next time you visit Sycamore Island.
Early River Camp Registration is Now Open
Is your child ready to have the best week ever? For more than 20 years, the River Parkway Trust has offered an exciting, fun, and safe experience for the Valley's children at River Camp in Fresno.

Early registration for the 2020 season of River Camp is now open for River Parkway Trust members through February 29.

If you are a member, you should have received an email with the early registration code and your discount codes. If you did not receive the email please contact Sarah Parkes at, or call 559-248-8480 ext. 107.

We are thrilled to offer a few new things at River Camp this year, including:

  • River Camp at Owl Hollow, a leadership and science based camp for 6th-8th grade campers.
  • Early drop-off for River Camp at Scout Island. A limited number of early drop-off spaces are available each week for a fee of $15/camper/week; early drop-off must be chosen as an option during online registration and is first-come-first-serve.
  • Extra purchase options. Through May 1st, registrants will have the option to purchase an additional River Camp t-shirt for $9, and/or a limited edition River Camp baseball cap in colors complementing this year's t-shirt for $15. 

For more information about River Camp 2020 please click here now.
New River Center Ranch House Art Exhibit
"A Retrospective Look" An Exhibit of Artwork by Ginny Burdick
Join us this Sunday, February 9, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm for the opening reception of Ginny Burdick's exhibit "A Retrospective Look."

Ginny Burdick is a local artist and the well known owner of A Sense of Place fine art gallery. Ginny paints in both pastels and oils. Her paintings are meant to evoke a place each of us has inside: a memory, real or imagined. Her work is strong in both use of color and composition.

The exhibit will be on display in the River Center Ranch House through February 29, 2020. You can view the exhibit on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission is free.

For more information about art exhibits at the River Center click here or contact Katie Kincaid at or 559-248-8480 ext. 157.
A Distant Storm - Ginny Burdick
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
Are you looking for a fun way to help support the River Parkway Trust and the effort to create and protect the San Joaquin River Parkway? Check out these upcoming opportunities to get outside and volunteer.

Saturday, February 8, 9:00 am - Education Docent Training for MUSD 6th Grade Field Trips at Sycamore Island

Saturday, February 8, 9:00 am - Gardening Angels Day, Vineyard Pruning

Saturday, February 15, 9:00 am - River Stewards Workday, Planting at Jensen River Ranch
Your Membership Matters
Are you a River Parkway Trust member? We rely on people just like you to help create and protect the San Joaquin River Parkway. As a member, your annual gift will support projects to preserve and restore San Joaquin River lands and provide programs to connect people to the river and land.

And you will receive a variety of benefits throughout the year including program discounts and invitations to special members events like the upcoming Members' Only Walk on February 21.

It's easy to join. Click on the button to donate securely online. Click here for more information about the River Parkway Trust's membership program.